An overview of W.N. Christiansen's contribution to Australian radio astronomy, 1948–1960

Wendt, Harry, Orchiston, Wayne, and Slee, Bruce (2011) An overview of W.N. Christiansen's contribution to Australian radio astronomy, 1948–1960. In: Orchiston, Wayne, Nakamura, Tsuko, and Strom, Richard G., (eds.) Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: proceedings of the ICOA-6 conference. Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings . Springer, New York, USA, pp. 547-587.

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Abstract

In 1948, an accomplished industrial physicist who had harboured a long-term ambition to become an astronomer joined the newly-formed Radio Astronomy Group in the CSIR's Division of Radiophysics in Sydney, Australia. Thus, W.N. ('Chris') Christiansen (1913–2007) began a new career in the fledgling field of radio astronomy. This paper reviews Christiansen's contribution to both instrumentation development and scientific research during the first phase of his career in radio astronomy, covering his work at the Potts Hill and Fleurs field stations prior to his resignation from the Division of Radiophysics in 1960.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
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This chapter appears in the book "Highlighting the History of Astronomy in the Asia-Pacific Region: proceedings of the ICOA-6 conference." The book information is available from the Related URLs field.

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ISBN: 978-1-4419-8161-5
ISSN: 1570-6605
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2011 04:19
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